Gin-Lime Slushies

gin lime slushieWhat would happen if you combined the always complementary flavors of gin and lime with ice and sugar, put it in a blender, and brought it out to the deck for the in-laws?

Well, you’d certainly make some new (although related) friends. But, most important, you’d have a wonderful frozen cocktail that’s absolutely perfect for the heatwave that the eastern seaboard of the United States is bravely enduring at the moment.

Hey, at least the air conditioning and the power have remained on. This is crucial because otherwise how will you start the blender?

Not to mention making more ice.

So in that spirit, here’s a neat twist on the same old concoctions that you’ve been tossing in the freezer for ages.

This is easy, oh-so-simple, and absolutely divine. And completely customizable. Try swapping the gin for vodka, add a splash of Cointreau and cranberry juice, and you’ve got yourself a frozen Cosmopolitan.

How about that.

Tart and tangy, delightfully cooling, and only slightly strong, these will be a summer classic for years to come.

Dazzle and amaze your guests with these Gin-Lime Slushies.

Feel free to try these with the more intense herbal gins, such as Bombay Sapphire or Hendrick’s. But for this recipe I prefer a light London Dry, like Beefeater.

Isn’t that ironic as a vegetarian?

Gin-Lime Slushies
Makes 2 nice ones.

1 lime
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 3 nice ones)
1/2 cup London dry gin

Slice the lime as thinly as you can without cutting a finger off (not that I ever came close) and place in a non-reactive bowl. Add the sugar.

Using a wooden spoon press on the lime slices and sugar to extract all of the essential oils from the rind. You’ll end up forming a bit of a lime pasty thing.

gin lime slushie

Not those kind of pasties.

Then add 1/2 cup water and the fresh lime juice. Stir well and let sit for 15 minutes.

gin lime slushie

Press down on the lime slices a couple of times while you’re waiting to get the last bit of those wonderful oils extracted. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Press the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Save the juice and discard the remnants.

Now, break out the blender. Add the lime and sugar mixture, gin, and 3 cups of ice cubes. Blend on high speed until nice and smooth and no chunks of ice remain.

Late-breaking tip. Before juicing the limes make sure they’re at room temperature. Then roll them on the counter with your palm. You’ll get a lot more juice that way and since limes are so ridiculously expensive these days you can save those coins to splurge on a nice bottle of gin.

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